EmptyCharles Joffe, a renowned talent manager and Oscar- winning film producer with dozens of credits including most of Woody Allen's movies, died July 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 78.
With his partner, Jack Rollins, Joffe was an executive producer or co-exec producer on nearly all of Allen's films from 1969's "Take the Money and Run" (1969) through this year's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." He won his Oscar in 1978 as a producer on best picture winner "Annie Hall."
Joffe and Rollins also guided the careers of numerous comics, including Allen, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Dick Cavett and the team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
He and Rollins remained partners through the late 1980s, when they each decided to focus on a single client. Joffe mainly handled Allen and produced his films, while Rollins became an executive producer for David Letterman.
Eric Lieber, a TV producer whose credits included the long-running dating show "Love Connection," died July 2 of leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 71.
Lieber created "Love Connection" in 1983 after decades of producing other game shows, including "The Baby Game," as well as the Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mike Douglas talk shows. "Love Connection," hosted by Chuck Woolery, aired until 1995. Lieber also executive produced the 1998-99 reprise of the series, with Pat Bullard as host.
Keith Charles, an actor who appeared on Broadway and television, died July 1 of lung cancer at his home in New York. He was 74.
He starred on Broadway opposite Lauren Bacall and later Anne Baxter in the musical "Applause," and he also appeared in Main Stem productions of "Celebration," "The Threepenny Opera" and "Happy Birthday, Wanda June." Charles also starred off-Broadway with Holland Taylor in "Breakfast With Les and Bess."
He guest-starred in numerous TV series including "Law & Order" and "Dallas" and had contract roles on eight daytime soap operas, including "Guiding Light," "Ryan's Hope" and "As the World Turns."
Bob Grabeau, a singer and vocal coach who toured with many bands and performed in movies and on television, died June 8 in Calabasas, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's. He was 79.
Born Robert Grabot in Pittsburg, Calif., he had his own radio show on ABC affiliate KGO-AM San Francisco by age 15. He was signed to Capitol Records and soon was traveling as the lead vocalist with the Jan Garber Orchestra.
He moved to Hollywood and continued his career as a vocalist in films, TV and commercials. Among his most famous credits is singing the ballad "Bella Notte" as restaurateur Tony in Disney's 1955 animated classic "Lady and the Tramp."
A memorial will be held Saturday at the Louis B. Mayer Auditorium at the Motion Picture Home in Calabasas.